Oakland University has unveiled a new “blacktop” style court for its men’s basketball team, according to Dave Pemberton of The Oakland Press.
The court design is the brainchild of Golden Grizzlies coach Greg Kampe and was voted upon by the students of Oakland. With over 10,000 votes and the favorite among three options, the all-black design was the overwhelming favorite.
Kampe further elaborated on the court’s new look.
“I’m really excited about it, the uniqueness of it,” said Kampe, who admitted he pushed hard for the black court during the voting process. “It’s all part of branding our program. A program that wants kids that are going to want to get up and down, play a fast-paced game, get after it. You’re roots are back to the blacktop where you grew up. I think anybody that ever played basketball, played on a blacktop somewhere. It’s branding our program. I know that when our games are on TV, no matter where you are in the country, when you turn that game on, you’re going to know it’s Oakland University immediately when you see the floor. I’m really excited about that.”
Per AD Jeff Konya, everyone from students to athletic department employees are a fan of the new court.
“I don’t really talk the student athlete lingo, but sick, really cool, dope, all those kind hip, slang terms have been used in the department,” Konya said. “But just in terms of people that have seen it and their initial responses, it’s way more impressive in person than on video or in pictures so I think the fans when they come and experience this and some of the other enhancements and upgrades we want in the O’Rena, it’s really going to be one of those catch your breath moments when you take it all in.”
Needless to say, though Oakland isn’t exactly an NCAA Tournament favorite as one of many mid-major programs that will look to make some noise this season, this new basketball court could get the fans riled up, and that could give the team an extra bounce in its step.
Oakland opens the season and debuts the new court tomorrow night against the MAC’s Eastern Michigan Eagles. Tip-off is slated for November 18 at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN 3.
*Featured Photo (above) credit to The Oakland Press